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Month: March 2011

Re: [trinity-devel] Naming: Trinity Desktop Environment or KDE Classic developed by the Trinity Project?

From: "David C. Rankin" <drankinatty@...>
Date: Thu, 03 Mar 2011 13:37:33 -0600
On 03/03/2011 11:55 AM, Timothy Pearson wrote:
> It's quite simple really.  We have no legal right to use the trademark
> "KDE" for anything.  KDE e.V. has graciously cut us some slack during this
> transitional period, but they could easily demand full removal of all of
> their trademarks at any time (e.g. if this project starts actually
> competing with KDE4 for some reason).
> Tim

I hate using the worn out "win-win" phrase, but from's standpoint, I
think that this project serves as an asset. It generates an overwhelming
interest in kde where that interest would now be with Gnome or Fluxbox without

I'm not advocating changing Trinity to KDE Classic by any stretch. The way I see
it, is from the branding standpoint of something like:

  KDE Classic -> The Trinity Desktop


  Trinity Desktop (KDE3 - next generation)

I haven't even thought through the formalities yet, but I don't think we need a
rebranding of Trinity at all. Honestly, I can't see anyone's ox getting gored by
the fact that there is still kde3 artwork in Trinity.. it's a fork, it's gpl, we
include a license, that's the way it works...

If there are any concerns on the Trinity side, then they need to be identified
and considered, and then if warranted, agreements sought to put the issues to
rest, if any, so everybody is happy :)

I think Trinity is well known enough in the community that it can pretty much
stand on its own as a name. If there is an arrangement that can benefit Trinity
as well as kde, then that is something that helps everyone out and can easily be

David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.